Working in Thailand
Our first projects were in Lahu hilltribe villages in northern Thailand (2005-2007). Working with a local NGO, Faith International, we helped construct two water systems and a school during this three year period. Our first year project included 7 students 1 faculty member and 1 community partner travel for construction. By 2011 we had grown to 29 students, 2 faculty members and 11 community partners who traveled.
Working in Laos
Fort Lewis College began working in Laos in 2008 in cooperation with the United Nations, UNESCO, working with villages associated with the proposed Plain of Jars World Heritage Site. We have completed our work in this partnership and are branching out to assist other communities in the region. Our goal is to help needy communities implement sustainable water and sanitation projects in the Xieng Khouang province located in north central Laos. The Paek and surrounding districts have been described as the most impoverished in Loas, one of Asia's most poorest nations. In 2006 the annual family income in this region was estimated to be less than $500 per household (4-8 people). Comparing this to the United Nations extreme poverty benchmark of $1 per day per person puts these villages in perspective.
2008 Ban Phakeo water system
2009 Ban Phakeo initiated sanitation
2009 Ban Songhak water system
2010 Ban Songhak initiated sanitaion
2010 Ban Namhom water system
2011 Ban Nakhampheng proposed water system
Working in Ecuador
The communities of Chimborazo are located in central Ecuador, northwest of the city of Riobamba high in the Andes Mountains. They are literally located on the slopes of Mount Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador. With villages situated an average elevation of 3600 meters, these mountain people are mostly subsistence farmers growing corn, potatoes, barley and raising sheep, dairy cows and alpaca. We are working in numerous communities in the area. Some are close to a paved road with frequent bus service while others are more remote and simple transport is an routine challenge. Improved potable water and sanitation are the highest priorities in these communities. All of the communities are indigenous, Quechua people.
2007 Cordillera de los Andes
2008 Pulingui San Pablo
2010 Santa Martha / Cachihuaico
2010 Guadalupe 2011 Gallo Rumi
2011 Marco Pamba
EWB-FLC raises all of the funds to pay for the program costs which are about $20,000 for each village. We are an all volunteer organization with less than 1% in over head costs. Please consider sponsoring our work.